Mazda New Rotary Sports Car: A Dream That May Not Come True

Mazda really wants to build a successor to the rotary-powered RX-8 sports car. However, the company doesn’t feel that now is the right time to build such a vehicle.

During a recent interview with Automotive News, Mazda chief executive Akira Marumoto confirmed this, stating that building a new rotary vehicle is something the automaker dreams about but can’t do at the moment.

“We have concept cars like the RX-Vision or Vision Coupe, and we are often asked when they will enter mass production.

“To produce a vehicle powered by a rotary engine — and not just using a rotary engine as a range extender — is a dream of everyone at Mazda. But we are not in a business environment now where we can start building rotary engine vehicles straight away.”

Talk of a new rotary sports car has been constantly swirling throughout the past few years and various statements from people within the company have kept hope alive that the car is coming. However, Marumoto’s latest comments shoot down suggestions that an RX-9 (or whatever it might be named) is anywhere close to hitting the market.

Mazda has previously stated building a high-performance rotary engine to meet current environmental regulations is extremely difficult. Consequently, a new rotary sports car is unlikely to see the light of day until the carmaker has made a technological breakthrough with its trademark engines.

No one knows when, or if, this might happen. But if it’s next year or in five years, Mazda will probably remain tight-lipped about the technology until it’s ready to release the new sports car.

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  • Mike anonymous

    Just to let everyone know, Mazda already has the patents and schematics to build the vehicle (so it’s really just a matter of deciding (if it has not already been decided) the powertrain).

    The vehicle will be a production version of the RX-Vision concept above. It looks pretty much on point with the dual/quad tail-lights. So this WILL be coming, what we don’t know is the powertrain or the when Mazda will be able to build it. (remember Mazda is not some huge company like Ford, Renault/Nissan, GM,.. they’re pretty small and producing a vehicle (especially finding a place to do so) can take time)…

    …So, it is coming, we just might have to wait a bit.

  • Honda NSX-R

    It’s coming in 2050 😛

  • Bo Hanan

    Why does it have to be an Rx-Car? Why waste that body? Nissan’s new Z-Car will be a Z-Car without the numericals and likely use a smaller displacement engine. Mazda should consider a sports car without the rotary engine- and borrow an engine if you need to, (i.e. Toyota Supra).
    Mercedes 3.0-TT would be excellent!

  • The Terminator

    If you you build it …. they will come. The real question is how many? Mazda has a history of taking chances. The Miata was a big risk but turned out very well. They now own the market for 2 seat affordable roadsters. Sorry Boxster but twice the price for less smiles doesn’t cut it !

  • SteersUright

    I dont care if they plop a Coyote V8 from Ford on some sort of partnership, just build that gorgeous concept already, rotary or no. Maybe tune the I4 turbo to 350hp? Maybe use electric motors up front and turbo 4 to the rear? There’s so many options.

  • tkindred

    Why do a rotary now? Whats the benefit? Rotaries have less moving parts than one with pistons but now you can say the same for electric and have better effeciency.

    • Jim Jones ©

      Absolutely, the story is just fill for the site there is no serious interest from Mazda to resurrect the rotary engine. “Skyactive” engines are the Mazda staple technology and any future they have is most definitely electric.

      Hate to say it because its just going to attract the nuts, but this is a classic example of ‘fake news’. (Ouch that’s going to cost me)

  • Six Thousand Times

    Let’s go with probably won’t come true. Let’s just hope somebody in Japan is an idiot and misses the glory days and pulls the trigger on this bad boy.

  • Blade t

    This is no surprise, rotary engines get terrible gas milage plus bad on emissions. So why not build it without a rotary, it’s seems like a cool design..

  • ICE is dead. Long live EVs. Build this, if you can, but on an EV platform or you will just be wasting money and time. However, Mazda is not in a good state. Like Mitsubishi, it needs to merge with a larger automaker. I dont want to see Mazda go away, but if they don’t find a good partner and soon, there will be issues. If I were them, I would speak to Tesla and Toyota about fundamental partnerships. But I am at pains to understand what value Mazda would bring to Tesla. For toyota, they could be their true sporty brand.

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